WENNBERG, Robert Nils

WENNBERG, Robert Nils 1935-2010 Passed away after a brief illness in Santa Barbara on Sunday, July 18, surrounded by a family who loved him dearly. Bob was born in Santa Barbara on April 25, l935, the son of Paul and Ida Wennberg. He graduated from Santa Barbara High School where he lettered in track, was elected a Sealbearer and chosen as graduation speaker. After earning his college degree and receiving two seminary degrees he was ordained a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA and for four years served a yoked parish in Oxford, New Jersey. After receiving an M.A. in philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, he returned to Santa Barbara to complete his doctorate in philosophy from UCSB. He taught in the philosophy department at Westmont College for thirty-five years, retiring in 2005. He specialized and wrote primarily in the area of ethics, contemporary moral problems and philosophy of law. He enthusiastically invested his life in the college and in his students. His commitment to the Christian liberal arts tradition, to academic excellence and to strong faculty governance resulted in his election as chair of the faculty on four occasions. Bob co-led with a historian eight Mayterm study tours of Europe. He was Researcher of the Year in 1986, selected five times teacher of the year, chosen Baccalaureate speaker on four occasions, and invited in his final year at the college to be Commencement speaker. During his retirement he enjoyed continuing to write and being active in the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Barbara, both preaching occasionally and teaching frequently in the adult education program. His much-loved sister, Susan Peterson, passed away in 2009. Bob is survived by his wife, Eleanore, of fifty-two years; his daughter, Siri Pratt and her husband Allan of Tucson, Arizona; his two grandchildren, Sarah Bryn Pratt and Dylan Wennberg Pratt; his two nephews David Breck of Boise, Idaho, and Loren Breck of Carpinteria. In addition there are many family members in Sweden, the birthplace of Bob’s father. A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 30, at 2 PM at the First Presbyterian Church, Santa Barbara. A graveside service for family members will be held at Santa Barbara Cemetery prior to the memorial service. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Barbara or to Westmont College. more

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